The Blue of Distance

“blue is the color of longing for the distances you never arrive in”

The Blue of Distance
Cast fiberglass, plexiglass, acrylic, plaster, cast paper, bondo
23″ x 22″ x 7″

This is convex wall hanging sculpture diffuses the light and colors it contains. As the viewer moves around it, the blue becomes softer. From from the side, the color disappears. Staring into the center feels like gazing into nothingness— like a psychic, transcendent falling. The blues used are the true colors of the winter sky within an Icelandic sunrise, which I collected in 2019 for the work Blue Sunrise.

“The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost… for many years I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go. For the blue is not in the place those miles away at the horizon, but in the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains… blue is the color of longing for the distances you never arrive in, for the blue world.”

Field Guide to Getting Lost
Rebecca Solnit

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